10,000 cannabis scratch and sniff cards handed out in battle against drug factories

Bournemouth Echo: Police hand out scratch and sniff cards to help residents recognise cannabis factories Police hand out scratch and sniff cards to help residents recognise cannabis factories

Scratch and sniff cards loaded with the smell of cannabis are being handed out in Hampshire in a police battle against cannabis factories.

Up to 10,000 cards are being handed out across the county as part of the scheme to educate the public about what the plants smell like so they can alert police to dope farms in their area.

The county is one of 17 police forces across England and Wales involved in the initiative.

National Police Lead for Cannabis, Chief Superintendent Bill Jephson said: ''Those who commercially cultivate cannabis are serious and organised criminals often involved in other criminal ventures.

"Houses in residential areas are used to produce the cannabis, which brings violent offenders into the heart of our communities and leads to a real risk of fire and flood.

''Ordinary people who come forward and share their concerns will be our best source of information.

"The campaign explains the tell-tale signs that a cannabis farm exists and how people can ensure the information they have gets to the police in confidence.

"I would urge everyone to act as our eyes and ears or, in this case, our noses to sniff out the criminals.''

Today's campaign, targeting cannabis growing hotspots, is the second phase in a publicity drive that was launched last spring.

According to figures from the UK Human Trafficking Centre, in 2012 around a fifth of human trafficking victims thought to have been criminally exploited were forced to get involved in growing cannabis. Most of those, 81%, were children.

Last summer, energy watchdog OFGEM revealed that a third of all costs relating to energy theft were as a result of cannabis farms.

Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, said: ''The campaign run by Crimestoppers last year highlighted just how much people care about removing cannabis farms from their community.

''Quite often, those running cannabis cultivation operations are also involved in other serious and organised crime, such as human trafficking and possession of weapons.''

Detective Superintendent Kath Barnes, from Hampshire Police, said: ''Cannabis is often seen as harmless and somehow acceptable. This is just not the case. It's harmful to use and many people including children, across the world, are exploited in furtherance of the cannabis trade.''

As well as giving the public a whiff of the drug, the campaign highlights telltale signs that a house or flat is being used as a cannabis farm, including constantly covered windows and strong lighting always being on.

There may be visitors at anti-social hours, high levels of heat and condensation, the buzz of ventilators and lots of cables.

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9:17am Thu 26 Jun 14

mmmmmmm says...

****
**** mmmmmmm
  • Score: -2

9:48am Thu 26 Jun 14

BoscVegas says...

does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)
does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question) BoscVegas
  • Score: 8

9:56am Thu 26 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

BoscVegas wrote:
does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)
Scottish and Southern Electric do care.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)[/p][/quote]Scottish and Southern Electric do care. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

10:05am Thu 26 Jun 14

Baysider says...

BoscVegas wrote:
does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)
You mean apart from the fact it's illegal, exploits trafficked illegal immigrants, attracts all sorts of dodgy people and other drug dealers night and day, they steal the electricity and the whole set up is highly dangerous resulting in a fire hazard. Not to mention making the whole road stink. Yeah, I mind thanks. Serious answer.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)[/p][/quote]You mean apart from the fact it's illegal, exploits trafficked illegal immigrants, attracts all sorts of dodgy people and other drug dealers night and day, they steal the electricity and the whole set up is highly dangerous resulting in a fire hazard. Not to mention making the whole road stink. Yeah, I mind thanks. Serious answer. Baysider
  • Score: 4

10:06am Thu 26 Jun 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

BoscVegas wrote:
does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)
I do! When they do it on a small scale and sell it too.
We used to live next door to small time dealers and the constant stream of supposed friends/visitors at all hours of the day used to pee me right off!
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: does anybody really care if their neighbours are growing a bit of dope? (genuine question)[/p][/quote]I do! When they do it on a small scale and sell it too. We used to live next door to small time dealers and the constant stream of supposed friends/visitors at all hours of the day used to pee me right off! RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 6

10:11am Thu 26 Jun 14

Tripod says...

"Houses in residential areas are used to produce the cannabis, which brings violent offenders into the heart of our communities"?
With the current prison escape record I'd say it's Open (door) prisons that bring far more Violent Offenders into the heart of the community!
"Houses in residential areas are used to produce the cannabis, which brings violent offenders into the heart of our communities"? With the current prison escape record I'd say it's Open (door) prisons that bring far more Violent Offenders into the heart of the community! Tripod
  • Score: 6

10:51am Thu 26 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Will it be OK for me to grow cannabis in my loft so it can be used to make scratch & sniff cards ?
Will it be OK for me to grow cannabis in my loft so it can be used to make scratch & sniff cards ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

11:00am Thu 26 Jun 14

dorsetgills says...

Should legalise it in Colorado after 1 month cannabis raised over 5.5million in tax alone. In that state they reckon the tax alone for the year would be estimated 40-60 million a year. Imagine doing that here.
You'll would wipe out the country's debt cut crime, create jobs and so on
Should legalise it in Colorado after 1 month cannabis raised over 5.5million in tax alone. In that state they reckon the tax alone for the year would be estimated 40-60 million a year. Imagine doing that here. You'll would wipe out the country's debt cut crime, create jobs and so on dorsetgills
  • Score: 16

11:17am Thu 26 Jun 14

paul.p says...

I'd like to receive information on Cannibis but not from a Policeman. Police are there to uphold the law not preach it.
I'd like to receive information on Cannibis but not from a Policeman. Police are there to uphold the law not preach it. paul.p
  • Score: 5

12:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

BarrHumbug says...

Can you roll up the scratch cards and smoke them?
Can you roll up the scratch cards and smoke them? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 6

1:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Adrian XX says...

Unlike tobacco tobacco which really does stink (along with the people that use it), cannabis smells extremely pleasant.
Unlike tobacco tobacco which really does stink (along with the people that use it), cannabis smells extremely pleasant. Adrian XX
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Bambamthe1st says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Unlike tobacco tobacco which really does stink (along with the people that use it), cannabis smells extremely pleasant.
It smells of cats ****!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: Unlike tobacco tobacco which really does stink (along with the people that use it), cannabis smells extremely pleasant.[/p][/quote]It smells of cats ****! Bambamthe1st
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Queen jess x says...

As Katt williams says . Weed is not a drug mother nature let's it flourish in soil and if you happen to mix it with tobacco ...... ???
As Katt williams says . Weed is not a drug mother nature let's it flourish in soil and if you happen to mix it with tobacco ...... ??? Queen jess x
  • Score: 0

8:57am Fri 27 Jun 14

BoscVegas says...

Queen jess x wrote:
As Katt williams says . Weed is not a drug mother nature let's it flourish in soil and if you happen to mix it with tobacco ...... ???
Is the same true for the heroin poppy or coca plant then?
[quote][p][bold]Queen jess x[/bold] wrote: As Katt williams says . Weed is not a drug mother nature let's it flourish in soil and if you happen to mix it with tobacco ...... ???[/p][/quote]Is the same true for the heroin poppy or coca plant then? BoscVegas
  • Score: -1

11:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Queen jess x says...

Boscvegas go on youtube type ' katt williams weed ' have a good giggle and get back to me?
Boscvegas go on youtube type ' katt williams weed ' have a good giggle and get back to me? Queen jess x
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Sat 28 Jun 14

stevobath says...

BoscVegas wrote:
Queen jess x wrote:
As Katt williams says . Weed is not a drug mother nature let's it flourish in soil and if you happen to mix it with tobacco ...... ???
Is the same true for the heroin poppy or coca plant then?
Yes.
If its left in it's basic form instead of being processed.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Queen jess x[/bold] wrote: As Katt williams says . Weed is not a drug mother nature let's it flourish in soil and if you happen to mix it with tobacco ...... ???[/p][/quote]Is the same true for the heroin poppy or coca plant then?[/p][/quote]Yes. If its left in it's basic form instead of being processed. stevobath
  • Score: 1

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